Well-being and mental health
Are you feeling anxious, frustrated, or overwhelmed? Stressed about money, parenting, relationships or not sure where to start? Call Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044.
Monday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
FCS will be closed Monday, May 24, 2021
Our office is not accessible to the public at this time. Our phone lines are open to support you.
Need help now? Crisis numbers
Mental health is important for everyone and affects how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us. We all want to feel safe, seen, understood and connected.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association by naming, expressing and dealing with our emotions, we can improve our physical and mental health, reduce stress levels and feelings of anxiety and fear.
Everyone needs emotional support, and it’s even more important we are being real with one another. By being open to talking and hearing about real feelings, we can make a positive impact on others, ourselves and our community.
Let’s “get real” with our friends, neighbours and coworkers about how we are feeling. We’re all in this together. Visit mentalhealthweek.ca to learn ways to support our well-being during Mental Health Week from May 3 to 9.
Why is mental health important?
Mental health impacts your ability to enjoy life, your self-esteem, how you appreciate the ones around you, how you deal with life challenges (stress, distress) and your connections and sense of belonging with others and your community.
By building upon our strengths and skills within ourselves and creating meaningful connections with others, we build our resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to ‘bounce back’ after we experience hardships or stress.
Resiliency can be built through having supportive people to connect with, healthy relationships, and through self-care such as physical activity, proper sleep, making time for you and eating healthy, well balanced meals.
Youth wellness kits available at Strathcona County Library
Are you looking for something new and fun? Check out and explore one of four wellness kits at home on your own or with supportive friends and family. Each kit is a little different than the others.
- Good vibes only!
Discover different ways to deal with big emotions, stress, identity and much more.
- All the feels
Learn about friendships, social media, connection, and healthy relationships.
- Pride in my pack
Gain knowledge about LGBTQ2S+ topics and how to be an ally.
- Creative spirits
Try different games and activities that encompass Indigenous perspectives and their rich culture.
Kits are available to borrow with your library card at the Strathcona County Library.
Looking for ideas and resources to support your mental health
- A place for families to share, learn, and find belonging: Strathcona County Family Resource Network Facebook page
Ways to move your body, practice mindfulness, expand your mind and fuel your body: Building Resilient Families by Promoting Positive Mental and Physical Health
Guide and resources to support your mental health, self-care and building resiliency: The Working Mind: Self Care and Resiliency Guide by Mental Health Commission of Canada
Subscribe to receive ongoing, daily supportive text messages at no cost: Text4Hope
A toolkit for use by mental health staff, school administrators, and health practitioners to support the promotion of mental health in initiatives: AHS Ways to Wellness Toolkit
Ideas for having fun at home and self-care tips for parents: Stay Active and Healthy
Outdoor activity ideas for children and families: Nature Therapy: Get Outside With Your Family
Prescription to get active. Family physicians and their health teams can now prescribe physical activity to their patients (including children, youth, adult and seniors).
A variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. Provides opportunities for seniors to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected. New series of participant-selected topics every four months: Without Walls
- Access the library and all of its resources online: Strathcona County Library
Learn any language with fun, interactive lessons: Duolingo
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